My first thoughts when I heard about “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne was
“I won’t read this book because it is going to tell me something I already know or heard about, and then go into some bizarre explanation about how it will make me richer in happiness, but give no practical advice on how to bring more money into my life because that is what I really want… money, not gonna waste my time!”
(I also wondered if it was written for women, and although I think the person most likely to read “The Secret” is a woman, the book has remarkable ideas for both genders)
Having a science background where “law” means “law,” I wouldn’t accept anything “unscientific” that called itself a “law” such as “the law of attraction” which is ultimately what “The Secret” is about.
Part of me debated whether I should add that into this review. On one hand, as soon as you “think you know” what the law of attraction is, you may move onto the next piece of content – I know I would have. Because keeping it a secret is part of what adds to the allure of the idea presented in “The Secret.”
On the other hand, I think it is important to share because anyone who does their research could figure out it is about the law of attraction anyway.
That was until almost 10 years later when I finally made a decision to read it. It didn’t just have to do with the fact it is one of the most well-marketed books. The marketing or testimonials didn’t sway me. If you have a chance to look up the history of how it was marketed, I would recommend it.
But something I heard, combined with the fact I was starting a new job and wanted a book that would help me start with enthusiasm, and that ended up being “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.
I wanted to attract sales, good co-worker relationships, and good energy from potential clients. And I felt as if some of the ideas were very valuable, but let’s stay focused on the content of the book, not on my anecdotal experience which could change for everyone.
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne is a collection of pearls of wisdom, philosophies, and ideas from some of the leading thinkers, coaches, and mentors on the law of attraction. It was a very quick read that made me want to read more to see more ways I could apply the law of attraction into my life.
The organization and format of the book are digestible for anyone to get started in applying the law of attraction into their lives. I would have liked to read even more.
If you are interested in learning about the law of attraction and how you can attract your desires into your life, I very much recommend “The Secret” right away. It is a very engaging read, fast-paced, and will give you many great ways to apply it to your life, and if you already are applying it – how to improve your application.
If you are still skeptical of anything that sounds like “law of attraction” you might be like me. Someone who “doesn’t need any of that self-help stuff” in their life.
But let me say that it is about more than just “self-help.” It is about taking a close look at yourself, and what it is you desire in life, and making the effort and taking the action to open yourself up to such wonderful wants.
If you want more money, or a new car, or a new house, have you really taken the time to sit down and define exactly what it looks like? Have you pictured the exact number in your bank account?
If you want a relationship, are you truly doing everything you can to be the person who would attract a relationship?
If you want better health, are you taking the actions to attract those activities that will help you have better health?
If you are not getting what you want, there is a reason for it. And “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne does a fantastic job of addressing many of the reasons why people who “hear about the law of attraction” fail to use it appropriately.
By bringing together some of the leaders on the law of attraction, Byrne compiles a wealth of information and stories that can help you attract your desires.
All in all, I give the book a 4/5 because it introduced a concept to me that I should have given more value to earlier. I felt the book could have taken the idea a little further, but also, you may even argue that they went “just far enough” to explain “The Secret” without overexplaining, which could lead to an overly drawn out book. Even though I don’t think they do the best job of making “the law” of attraction “a scientific law,” (compared to say “The Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill) Byrne does a fantastic job of explaining it in a way that every person can apply it. And if you apply it effectively, I know it will get results.
P.S. “The Secret” is a very worthwhile read. If you really don’t feel like spending less than the price of lunch, go visit the local library, and pick it up. It is very much worth the incredible story and packaging of the law of attraction in a way that you can start applying it right away.